Out-of-contract South East Melbourne coach Simon Mitchell isn’t certain if he desires to be the person that leads the Phoenix subsequent season and past.
Talking after Thursday’s loss to Perth within the play-in qualifier, which Mitchell described as “some of the disappointing losses” he had been part of after Phoenix squandered a 13-point last-quarter lead, the inspiration coach intimated he was a good distance off signing s new deal.
“We’ll let the mud settle … evaluate the season forensically and we’ll go, ‘Am I the very best man for job?’ In that case, we’ll transfer ahead perhaps,” Mitchell mentioned.
“Do I wish to do it once more? I’ll uncover that over the following coming weeks as we evaluate the season after which if the membership desires me again, so there’s just a few machinations there and some issues to ponder over.”
If it was as much as captain Mitch Creek, he would re-sign Mitchell as quickly as doable.
“Individuals don’t realise what he sacrifices from his household, from his spouse, his children, he coaches with such ardour and such a stage of intent that he simply desires the very best for everybody, he desires to examine all of the containers,” Creek mentioned.
“He is aware of he’s not good, he is aware of he doesn’t make each proper resolution however he’s man sufficient to face in entrance of the group and say, ‘Hey, that’s me boys, I stuffed us on that one’.
“Day one he introduced me in right here and I’ll stick by him … I really like the man.”
Regardless of their gorgeous capitulation of their cutthroat match in opposition to the Wildcats at John Cain Area of their first house post-season match, and admitting the end result “hurts” and “sucks”, Creek didn’t view their season as a failure.
“Individuals leap on-line and say all these items and can say it’s a failed season for the Phoenix and blah blah blah and also you suck and also you’re this and no matter,” Creek mentioned.
“I simply assume folks have to take a step again and perceive it’s not a failed season for us – I don’t view it as that.
“I feel we’ve progressed yearly, and I feel even with the setbacks we had, we had one among our most ‘winningest’ seasons with out one among our stars in ‘Rowdy’ (Ryan Broekhoff for big chunks of the season), we had Gary (Browne) out for prolonged durations of time, Trey (Kell) out for lengthy durations.
“Backs in opposition to the wall we fought rather well and I’m actually pleased with that, so it’s not going to be a protracted low season, it’s going to be a brief one as a result of we’re going to get time to rebuild this factor and do it correctly.”
To go the following stage and contend for the championship, Creek mentioned his staff had to enhance their professionalism.
“An ordinary of excellence on daily basis must be required to be a champion – no drop-off, no lag, no gaps, sacrificing for the man subsequent to you,” he mentioned.
“Doing the little issues – not being on time (however) being early, making use of your self with nice measure and nice intent to be the very best on daily basis and never take that time without work, not take that half-rep.
“Sustaining your physique, your bodily, your thoughts, all the pieces – doing all of that’s what makes high-performance groups profitable and I don’t assume we had that all through the entire yr.”